Raymond E. Baldwin Bridge
|Raymond E. Baldwin Bridge|
|Carries||6 lanes of I‑95 / US 1|
|Locale||Old Saybrook, Connecticut and Old Lyme, Connecticut|
|Design||Segmental box girder|
|Total length||2530.8 ft (771.4 m)|
|Width||71.85 ft (21.9 m)|
|Clearance below||81 ft (24.7 m)|
|Opened||1948 (rebuilt 1993)|
The Baldwin Bridge is a concrete segmental bridge composed of eleven spans crossing the Connecticut River between Old Saybrook, Connecticut and Old Lyme, Connecticut. The bridge carries Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 1, with an average daily traffic of 82,500.
The bridge has numerous signs on it, including the Old Saybrook and Old Lyme town line markers. When heading north on I-95 on the bridge, there is a bike/pedestrian lane to the left of both the north and south lanes.
There have been three bridges on this site. Prior to the construction of the first bridge here, a ferry was used for the crossing, with the ferry landing located farther upstream.
The first bridge was a double-bascule span completed in 1911.
The second bridge opened in 1948 with a 4-lane girder and floorbeam bridge. This bridge was demolished in 1994 after its replacement opened.
The third and current bridge was built by O&G Industries, Inc. out of Torrington, CT. Construction of the bridge began in 1990 and was completed in 1993 with a total cost of $460 million.
The bridge is named after former Connecticut Governor Raymond E. Baldwin, who was governor from 1939–1941 and again from 1943-1946.
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